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|Size||1.5 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 315 items)|
|Abstract||Frank Crowther (1932-1976) was a journalist and 1960 graduate of the University of North Carolina. He had professional connections to the United States Virgin Islands, the Democratic Party, the National Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The collection includes drafts of an unfinished autobiography, "Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is," screenplays, essays, short stories, and articles by Crowther; correspondence; and other material. Shorter writings by Crowther constitute the bulk of the papers; many are unpublished commentaries on life in New York City literary circles in the 1960s. Included among the shorter writings are interviews with John Cassavetes and Larry McMurtry. The collection also includes photographs, presumably taken in relation to the American Film Institute, that feature actors Sidney Poitier, Gregory Peck, and Helen Hayes. Correspondence in the collection deals with various writing projects and other activities.|
|Creator||Crowther, Frank, 1932-1976.|
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|1932||Frank (Francis Harrison Brundige) Crowther born, 7 August, the son of Rodney G. and Martha Lewis Crowther|
|1951-1955||Served in United States Marine Corps|
|1955-1958||Attended University of North Carolina|
|1958||Leave of absence from University of North Carolina. Worked in American pavilion at Brussels World's Fair with RCA/NBC Color Television Studio|
|1960||Received A.B. in Philosophy, University of North Carolina|
|1962-1963||Special Assistant to the governor of the United States Virgin Islands|
|1964-1965||Worked with Democratic National Committee|
|1965-1968||Special Assistant to Roger L. Stevens, Chairman, National Council on the Arts and National Endowment for the Arts|
|1974||3 June, produced Sesame Street Benefit, New York, N.Y.|
|1976||Died, 13 May, New York, N.Y.|
The collection includes drafts of an unfinished autobiography, "Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is," screenplays, essays, short stories, and articles by Frank Crowther, also correspondence, notes, printed material, and other items. Shorter writings by Crowther constitute the bulk of the papers; many are unpublished commentaries on life in New York City literary circles in the 1960s. Included amongst the shorter writings are interviews with John Cassavetes and Larry McMurtry. The collection also includes photographs presumably taken in relation to the American Film Institute, that feature actors Sidney Poitier, Gregory Peck, and Helen Hayes. Correspondence in the collection deals with various writing projects and other involvements including the National Council on the Arts.Back to Top
Mostly personal and professional communications between Crowther and various authors, publishers, and individuals concerned with the National Council on the Arts. Letters are also included both in the Writings and in the Subject Files Series.
Mostly typed versions of short stories, essays, articles, film treatments, and an incomplete book-length manuscript titled "Give Me a Ticket to Wherever It Is," all by Frank Crowther.
Incomplete book-length autobiography, apparently to have consisted of chapters titled "Day One" through "Day Six."
Note: Crowther's arrangement of material for his autobiography has been maintained; manuscript material is interfiled with research material.
Shorter works include interviews with John Cassavetes and Larry McMurtry and chiefly consist of social and political commentary and thoughts on life in New York literary circles in the 1960s.
Clippings, notes, and correspondence pertaining to various subjects, including: Albert Camus, the establishment of the American Film Institute, "Memoranda" for New Times magazines, the Sesame Street benefit which Crowther produced in 1974, Crowther's tenure in the Virgin Islands, Crowther's work and educational history, and Norman Mailer.
Note: Some of these files were established by Crowther, while others were set up during the processing of these papers.
Includes a screenplay writer's contract, lists of addresses, class notes, literary notes, and other items.
Includes photographs, perhaps taken at an early meeting of the American Film Institute. Among those pictured are Helen Hayes, Gregory Peck, and Sidney Poitier.
Photographs (PF-4245/1, containing P-4245/1-22).Back to Top
Processed by: SHC Staff
Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007
Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, September 2009
This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.Back to Top